Simon Maidment is a media-based artist with a practice that often involves collaboration, curation, and writing.
He founded Satellite Art Projects in 2008, having in 2006 received Australia Council funding to research commissioning models, meeting with a range of organisations across the United Kingdom.
He has unique experience in developing and managing large contemporary arts events across multiple venues and public spaces, recently as Visual Arts Coordinator of Melbourne International Arts Festival (2008, 2009 & 2010), and Project Manager of Rapt! 20 Contemporary Artists from Japan, and Making Space: artist run initiatives in Victoria.
He was Director of West Space from 2005 to 2008, overseeing substantial organisational growth and development, while presenting a local program and a suite of six international projects.
In 2009 he was invited by the Australia Council to attend the Venice Biennale as their guest, and to run a series of tours for supporters of the Australian component.
He is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Ideas, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne with a research focus of curating artistic practices that can be thought of as ‘context responsive’.
Simon Maidment joined the National Gallery of Victoria in June 2013 as Curator of Contemporary Art.